W. H. B.
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Brighter blood for blue babies! Yes, and brighter horizons for the anguished parents of these unfortunate youngsters, the majority of whom succumbed from anoxemia or cerebral thrombosis early in childhood after varying periods of chronic invalidism while the medical profession sat helplessly by with nothing to offer along therapeutic lines. Such is the significance of the daring surgical treatment of congenital malformations of the heart in which there is pulmonary stenosis or pulmonary atresia as reported by Blalock and Taussig1 within the past year.
Prior to November 29, 1944 when the first operation was performed by Blalock on a 15
B. WH. BRIGHTER BLOOD FOR BLUE BABIES. Ann Intern Med. ;24:285–288. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-2-285
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(2):285-288.
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